Acclaimed modernist architect Marcel Breuer is perhaps best known in New York for designing the original Whitney Museum of Art, now home to the Met Breuer. But his work wasn’t limited to iconic museums–he also designed homes, like this one in Orange, Connecticut. The 4,000-square-foot abode known as the Donald N. Clark House was built in the 1950s with stone, ceilings of wood, and open, airy patios. The owner has also filled the house, as well as the 5.5-acre property, with unique artwork and sculptures. And it could be yours for $1.6 million.
While the two-story home still has the boxy, modernist shape typical to buildings designed by Breuer, it’s covered in rich materials broken up by floor-to-ceiling blocks of glass. A partially-covered stone-paved entrance and stone patio both lead inside.
Inside, the materiality of the home is just as impressive. Exposed brick and wood ceilings are offset by expansive views of the property outside.
The interior doubles as an art gallery for the current owner–those high ceilings and all the light do make this a good home to display artwork.
While the kitchen has modern appliances and cabinetry, the wood ceiling and tile floor have been left carefully intact.
It’s hard to find a room in the house that doesn’t look out through a massive window.
A skylight above the open staircase helps bring light to the lower floor.
The house holds five bedrooms and three bathrooms.
Even the bathrooms are decked out with rich interior finishes, windows, and artwork.
The owner has transformed the expansive, grassy property into a sculpture garden.
And it’s all viewable from the windows and patios lining the home. This home is truly a showpiece, a display of the more textural, natural side of Marcel Breuer. Don’t miss more photos of the impressive interior and exterior down in the gallery.
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